Oct 15, 2012 5:30pm PDT
. hollywood fantasy made real. no wonder we're all transfixed. harry houdini, evel knievel, david blaine, showmen all, but what separates daredevils from mere stunt men may be the backdrop. the tightrope walker perched over niagara falls is as compelling in 2012 as it was in 1876 or a man-made wonder, a bridge or a building or a pair of buildings. philippe petit, the "man on a wire," whose flight of fancy is all the more poignant because that wonder is gone. like petit, felix baumgartner spent years planning this jump just as others are now planning what may be the next great frontier, a journey to the center of the earth, jules verne for real to study the origins of life. less than a century ago, pilots were daredevils. >> lindbergh and "the spirit of st. louis." >> reporter: charles lind berg and amelia earhart pushing boundaries that now we take for granted. without neal armstrong, there'd be no felix baumgartner. >> that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. >> reporter: of course, baumgartner's giant leap didn't defy gravity. he submitted to gravity all the way down.
Oct 16, 2012 12:00am PDT
there. that would have been impressive. that would have been next level david blaine-type stuff. >> it would have been tragic for his family. >> she a baumgartner. he is a baumgartner. >> i happen to think he is a hero. it doesn't change the fact that red bull gives you a horrible after taste. if he could focus the last five years on the taste of red bull, it might have been a bigger achievement. >> maybe he would have been a real hero. we know how far and how fast he fell. i am curious to know how many explatives he had on the way down. we definitely would need to be on tape. how about you? eight million people watch this event on youtube which is an internet destination that a lot of people use if they have a computer or some sort of smart phone. >> it is an industry thing. >> will this change the way we -- look, i like how this is going. this is exciting stuff. >> it is exciting stuff. >> it is thought apparent. >> it is exciting. >> i think the world has changed forever. i consider myself something of an extreme athlete. i have done the stratosphere and i understand this is